We put this one first because it’s probably the most important. By marketing your business as a chamber of commerce member, you boost credibility and your business becomes more desirable to customers. You’ll also have an advantage over your non-member competition, as customers will see your business as more trustworthy. In a National Study consumers were 63% more likely to buy from Chamber Members, and 57% more likely to think positively of their local reputation.
The Chamber can help connect you to the people and resources your business needs to grow and thrive. The business owners and operators you meet through theChamber can become your clients as well as open doors to other companies that help grow your business. By networking with other members you’ll find that you can access many different business resources to help solve problems or improve efficiency.
The Chamber serves as a voice for local business owners and industries at local organization and governmental entity meetings. This includes addressing issues that may arise with new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments, and costs directed at the member businesses they serve. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly. When you join the Chamber you become a part of that voice. Your role is relevant and your opinion becomes part of the many contributed voices that together have a greater ability to influence public policy and government affairs.
Information & Training
You likely don’t have time to stay on top of all the local, regional, and state issues which could impact your business, but that’s at the heart of what we do. We keep you informed so that you can concentrate on growing your business. Newsletters, polls, surveys, and other business data accessed through the Member Resourceportal can help you quickly and efficiently stay up to date on relevant business happenings. We also offer Training – Whether it is a leadership lunch, a seminar on improving your company’s marketing, or a workshop on using QuickBooks, the Chamber hosts several programs to help you increase your skills in all aspects of your business.
Promotion & Referrals
The Cortez Area Chamber provides a variety of promotion and publicity options to help you grow your business and increase its visibility. This includes ribbon cuttings, sponsorships, advertising, and more. With over a thousand calls and requests for information every year, as well as, a strong social media and website following the Chamber is very well positioned to help increase your brand exposure and refer your business to new customers. Members who actively participate in networking events through the Chamber also tend to benefit from other Chamber members recommending and referring business to other Chamber members.
Giving Back & Community Involvement
Consumers along with other business owners and operators want to do business with someone who is vested in their community. When you give back to your community through active involvement in your local chamber you’re helping others, and that helps the business community become stronger. When the business community is vibrant and strong, the local economy is stronger, and that is good for all businesses that depend on consumers’ ability to spend in the local marketplace.
All Chamber Memberships include the following Member Benefits:
Business Advocacy at local organization and governmental entity meetings
Standard Business listing in Chamber Online Directory on cortezchamber.com *(enhance your listing with your business logo and a short description of your business for an additional $75/yr)*
Free job listings for your business on cortezchamber.com/jobs-listings
Discounted advertising in the Montezuma County Relocation Guide
Chamber REFERRALS through website, phone calls, and email requests
Use of Chamber Permits to set up Liquor Licenses for your special events (License fee additional)
Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings, with social media posts
Half price entry to all Chamber networking events: Business After Hours, M-Power Breakfasts, Leadership Luncheons, etc. for all your employees
SOCIAL MEDIA shares of your events and promotions on: Cortez Chamber, Love Local Montezuma & the Montezuma Business coalition pages
Additional benefits, marketing opportunities, and community recognition are available by partnering with the Chamber through one of our many sponsor options. Email for more details!